Six Things To Do On Culture Night

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Tonight is Culture Night and there’s a lot of things to do all over town from late afternoon onwards. Here’s some of the events you can head to…

1. Fun in the Square for the little ones…

From 4pm, there’ll be Disney characters and face painting, along with dancers from Cassie Leen’s School of Dance, and then Monsieur Gusto and a stilt-walker will give children a chance to enjoy Culture Night early.

2. A bit of history…

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Lieutenant Denis Baily.

If history is your thing, then Thomas Dillon will give a talk on Tralee man Lieutentant Denis Baily who won the Military Cross during WW1. Lieutenant Baily was the son of John Baily and Johanna (Nagle) Baily, 17 The Mall, Tralee.

It is thought that Lieutenant Baily was awarded his MC for bravery during the Ginchy action on September 9th 1916. He was killed by a German sniper on the 21st February 1917. The talk takes place at Tralee Library.

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3. Get arty at Baile Mhuire…

Tralee Art Group is hosting “Art for Everyone” in Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre, Balloonagh from 7.30pm. The public is invited to join in the action and create their own works of art.

You can paint and draw using a variety of materials provided by the group. All work will be brought together to form one large piece of Art. It’s open to all so go along and enjoy the freedom!

4. Siamsa has it sorted…

CMK24082016 REPRO FREE NO FEE Welcoming the Stranger by Catherine Young at Féile Fáilte, a day-long celebration of dance on Banna Strand, Co. Kerry this weekened. This was a key event in the Casement Project, part of the Arts Council's Art:2016 programme. Picture Clare Keogh Further Info Contact Christine Monk

‘Welcoming the Stranger’ by Catherine Young will be performed at Siamsa Tire on Culture Night.

Culture Night activity in Siamsa Tire commences at 5pm with an interactive project in their virtual garden in the round gallery, where visitors will be encouraged to make their own bee or butterfly to add to the atmosphere.

At 6.30pm, Fergal O’Murchú and Ciaran Mulderrig will be entertaining with song, music and stories about their lives in music, and the National Folk Theatre will be creating moments of folk theatre throughout the building from 7.30pm.

The highlight of the evening will be a reprise of Catherine Young’s, ‘Welcoming the Stranger’, at 8.30pm presented jointly by Siamsa Tíre and Kerry County Council.

It was first staged on Banna Beach as part of the Féile Fáilte (Casement Project) in July. This moving and compelling dance piece was performed to rapturous applause at its premiere. All events are free of charge.

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5. Writing to reach you….

As part of the celebrations, the Thursday Night Writers group will present an evening of spoken word, song and more at an open mic session in the Abbey Inn from 7.30pm.

6. Night at the museum… 

Kerry County MuseumThe Kerry County Museum is opening its doors with free access to its exhibition Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey as well as music, dance and storytelling with Comhaltas Sliabh Mish.

The Cíar Quilters will be on hand to discuss their work that is on display and you can go behind the scenes to explore some of the unusual, intriguing, and thought-provoking objects that Kerry County Museum has been collecting for the last 25 years.

Children can celebrate Tralee’s 800th birthday with a stroll down a medieval street dressed up in costume and a skeleton dig, as well as inspecting a rotten medieval tooth and much more.

For a list of all events around Tralee and Kerry during Culture Night 2016, click here

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